Selangor govt gives out more than 4,000 temporary trading licences

(From left) Nur Fateen Madiehah, 25, Ruhaimah Ismail, 46, and Zurawati Yusuf, 39, looking at one of the new temporary trading licences presented at the launch of the Entrepreneurial Development Programme in Shah Alam. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

SELANGOR will continue to issue temporary trading licences to residents who lost their jobs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 temporary trading licences, valid for 12 months, had been given out from January until now to help the unemployed earn a living.

“We understand the circumstances that people are in, especially those who have lost their jobs due to the effects of the movement control order.

“In 2019, we also gave out some 3,000 temporary trading licences,” he said.

He explained that the temporary licences issued were for a 12-month duration so that the council could gauge their business performance.

Amirudin said this after launching the Entrepreneurial Development Programme at the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) auditorium in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Also present at the launch were Shah Alam mayor Datuk Zamani Ahmad Mansor, Selangor infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim and Selangor housing, urban well-being and entrepreneurs development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail.

At the event, Amirudin witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between MBSA and several state government agencies that participated in the programme.

He said Covid-19 had impacted industries and forced them to shut down, which left many people without jobs who were forced to switch to business to earn a living.

“In my view, local councils must help these jobless people who are in a quandary, by giving adequate advice regarding availability of stall locations and guidance in terms of hygiene,” he added.

Meanwhile, Zamani said in his speech that the Entrepreneurial Development Programme allowed MBSA to engage with the new traders.

“Our aim is to help them find renewed strength to move forward in life,” he added.

Among the activities for the programme were briefings on the council’s rulings, licensing procedures and sharing of business knowledge.

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